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"America...I didn't expect to come home like this."

Desert Gust is the 19th mission in Ace Combat: Joint Assault. Players are tasked with destroying part of the Golden Axe Plan forces at an abandoned airport in Nevada.

Briefing[edit | edit source]

Burford: Our objective is to wipe out the Golden Axe Plan's private army before they attack San Francisco. They have forces in an abandoned airport in the[note 1] Sierra Mountains, and the Spiridus is near Lake Tahoe. The first prong of our attack will be the Golden Axe's private army at the airport. They have substantial military might, so this is going to be a fierce battle. Go in hot. Ground forces from Martinez Security are also aiding in our operation. Dog Bear, Lazy Bear and Black Bear will storm the airport once we achieve air superiority. Once they realize we're attacking the airport, the Spiridus will likely attempt support fire from Tahoe. It's going to be tough out there, but we have no other choice. Get to it, Antares Squad.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

During the first phase, the player has to defend three allied ground teams from enemy attack, starting from Dog Bear (nearest from player s starting position), Lazy Bear and finally Black Bear (farthest from player's starting point). As the mission commences, a squadron of enemy attacker aircrafts consisting of a pair of F-16XLs and an A-10 is moving to engage Dog Bear. Intercept them while taking out a couple of AA guns and launchers stationed between player's starting point and Dog Bear's position.

Once Dog Bear team launched their missile, a group of three tanks along with several AA guns, SAMs and a pair of Typhoons will appear close to Lazy Bear's position so get there and take them out. At this point, the Spiridus will launch long-range attacks periodically until the player completes the initial phase. As soon as Lazy Bear is cleared, another hostile tank group along with a pair of A-10s will attack Black Bear's position. If roughly 80% of enemy ground units (both regular and TGTs) have been destroyed up to this point, the named ace will spawn above the airport. Try to spare one A-10 before advancing to the next phase as the named pilot will disappear once this phase is finished.

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Now to clear out the airport, the airport itself is heavily defended by AA guns and SAMs. There's also a large group of tanks, AAs and SAMs in the airport outskirts. Parked MiG-1.44s and a Su-47 are among primary targets as well, but they won't attempt to take off. Once the airport is secure, the final target is to take over the missile launcher slightly to the northeast of the airport which is guarded by a couple of AA guns and SAMs. Three hostile Apaches also joins the fray shortly after. A couple of MiG-1.44s will appear to the south of the airport as hostile reinforcements (regular enemies) should the player took to long to destroy all targets.

Enemy Lists[edit | edit source]

The following enemy lists are verified with the Ace Combat: Joint Assault Perfect Guidebook.[1]

Standard Units[edit | edit source]

Section Unit Points Count Notes
Phase 1 Icon-AirTGT.svg A-10A 400 1
Icon-AirTGT.svg F-16XL 480 2
Icon-AirEnemy.svg TYPHOON 660 2 [note 2]
Icon-AirTGT.svg A-10A 400 2 [note 3]
Icon-GroundTGT.svg TANK 200 3 [note 2]
Icon-GroundTGT.svg TANK 200 2 [note 3]
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg LAUNCHER 120 2
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg LAUNCHER 120 1 [note 3]
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg AA GUN 150 4
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg AA GUN 150 5 [note 2]
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg AA GUN 150 5 [note 3]
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg SAM 180 1 [note 2]
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg SAM 180 1 [note 3]
Phase 2 Icon-AirTGT.svg SU-47 740 1
Icon-AirTGT.svg MIG-1.44 520 2
Icon-AirTGT.svg AH-64 100 3 [note 4]
Icon-AirEnemy.svg MIG-1.44 720 2 [note 5]
Icon-GroundTGT.svg TANK 200 3
Icon-GroundTGT.svg SAM 180 2 [note 4]
Icon-GroundTGT.svg AA GUN 150 2 [note 4]
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg SAM 180 5
Icon-GroundEnemy.svg AA GUN 150 8

Special Unit[edit | edit source]

Unit Points Notes
Icon-AirEnemy.svg F-15S/MTD "KELPIE" 1440 [note 6]

S Rank[edit | edit source]

Earning an S Rank on this mission requires completing it within 5 minutes and 30 seconds or less.[1]

Debriefing[edit | edit source]

Burford: We've successfully dismantled the Golden Axe Plan's private army and taken back the airport. The hangars were loaded with parts, weapons and ammo. They'll be a big help prior to the final battle. Our next target is the aerial base stationed at Lake Tahoe. Prepare well for this one.

Footnotes[edit source]

  1. The English subtitles omit the "the".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The second group of enemy units appears after all TGTs from the first group (one A-10A and two F-16XLs) are destroyed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The third group of enemy units appears after all TGTs from the second group (three TANKs) are destroyed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The fifth group of enemy units appears after all TGTs from the fourth group (two MIG-1.44s, one SU-47, and three TANKs) are destroyed.
  5. These two MIG-1.44s appear after 170 seconds have elapsed from the start of the mission. They will attempt to leave the area.
  6. KELPIE spawns in Phase 1 after destroying any 15 ground units and will disappear in Phase 2. KELPIE will spawn over the airport.

References[edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ace Combat: Joint Assault Perfect Guidebook, page 084.